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The Best of London and Paris tour provides an opportunity to settle in and experience two of Europe’s major capital cities. London presents a relatively stress-free introduction with non-stops flights from North America, almost no language barrier and easy transportation. All this coupled with our comprehensive itinerary and an opportunity to experience some of the best theatre in the world makes London a perfect beginning to this tour. The EuroStar high-speed train will zip you from London to Paris in less than three hours. In Paris, we’ve included all the major tourist sights and must-see attractions, but there is also plenty of time to slow down and enjoy the experience.
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DAY 1: Welcome to London - Let’s plan to meet in our hotel at 3:00 p.m. to get acquainted. Then, we will hop on the TUBE to Westminster for a walking tour passing the major sights from the Thames to Picadilly Circus. Later, enjoy an open-top bus tour of London followed by dinner at one of David’s favorite London eateries. Sleep 4 nights in an upscale 4-star Georgian hotel in the South Kensington neighborhood of central London. Walking: moderate. Dinner.
DAY 2: Buckingham Palace, Westminster and London – This morning, we will head out early to catch the ceremonial changing of the guards at Buckingham Palace. Later, enjoy a tour of Westminster Abbey, where kings and queens have been crowned and buried since 1066. After an independent lunch, join a tour of the Tower of London followed by a cruise on the River Thames. Additionally, this would be a good evening to check out London’s theatre scene. Book something in advance or see what’s on and pick up your tickets today. Walking: strenuous.
DAY 3: A Jaunt to the Countryside – We’ll catch a train out of town for our visit to Windsor Castle. Enjoy a tour of the Royal Family’s castle, St. George’s Chapel and the nearby park and gardens. After our tour, you’ll have the remainder of the day and evening to poke around the charming town of Windsor or head back to London for some more sightseeing. Train: 2 hours. Walking: moderate.
DAY 4: Free day in London– There are no planned group activities for today. We’ll get you pointed in the right direction and help with any sightseeing information you may need. Dinner and your evening activities are all up to you!
DAY 5: Eurostar Train and Bonjour Paris – We will have an early start time this morning to make our way to St. Pancras International Station. Then it’s off to Paris aboard the Eurostar high-speed train through the Chunnel. Once in Paris, we’ll get set up at our hotel and strike out, focusing on Paris' historical center surrounding our hotel neighborhood. On our short walking tour, you'll discover the wonder and history of Notre Dame Cathedral, the opulence of the nearby Ile St. Louis and reflect on the atrocities of WWII at Le Mémorial des Martyrs de la Déportation. Cap off your day with a dinner at one of David’s favorite restaurants and a sightseeing cruise on the Seine River. Sleep 4 nights in a boutique 4-star hotel in Sorbonne neighborhood. Walking: strenuous. Dinner.
DAY 6: The Eiffel Tower and Montmartre - Enjoy an ascent up the Eiffel Tower this morning for far-reaching vistas of the sprawling metropolis of Paris. Then we’ll head up to the artsy neighborhood of Montmartre to experience this quaint bohemian village and the nearby Sacré Coeur church. Your tour leader can suggest activities ranging from shopping, museums, the catacombs, church towers, and more. Walking: moderate.
DAY 7: The Louvre –Enjoy a visit to the Louvre Museum to experience what some consider the world's best collection of art. Armed with my Concise Guide to the Louvre, you will have several hours to explore the art, history and wonder of this magnificent palace and museum. Then, we’ll stroll through the adjacent gardens ending on the famous Champs-Elysées where you can enjoy the afternoon on your own. Later, let’s gather a picnic on the grassy meadow below the Eiffel Tower to watch it sparkle, twinkle and shine. Walking: strenuous.
DAY 8: Paris – Today is free to explore more of Paris on your own. Your guide will be available to assist with sightseeing hints and suggestions such as museum entrances, shopping, and tours. Later, we’ll meet for an aperitif followed by a farewell feast where we can recount tour memories and toast our friendship. Dinner.
DAY 9: Heading Home – Your tour ends today after breakfast. There are no group activities scheduled for today. Your tour guide will be available to help plan your journey home or on to other adventures in Europe. Au revoir!
This itinerary is subject to change.
This tour begins visiting my favorite destinations in Scotland. Enjoy the grandeur of Edinburgh and its cliff-hanging castle, St. Andrews (the home of golf), and the vast rugged beauty of the Scottish Highlands. We’ll wrap up our tour on the west coast visiting the port town of Oban, the remote Hebrides Islands, and Loch Lomond.
In England, experience the serenity and beauty of the Lake District. Then enjoy three days in North Wales experiencing medieval castles, quaint villages, beautiful gardens and steam locomotives.
*The Scotland and Wales addition is not offered in November.
Walking and Physical Activity: We have planned this trip to provide maximum tour experiences by foot, boat, and vehicle. The basic nature of Europe does require some degree of physical activity to get out and see the sights, especially in the countryside. To help you plan, we’ve included a daily projection of physical activity. Here is our key for our walking activity ratings:
Light – Walking done on level surfaces with some small hills and elevation gains. In most cases, the bus will drop-off and pick-up at nearby locations. Two miles or less of required walking during the day.
Moderate – Walking done on paved and gravel paths. To enjoy the full tour experience, some up and down hill walking is to be expected. Four to five miles of walking per day.
Strenuous – Walking done on rugged and rocky paths with some steps and stairs. Up to six miles of walking per day.
Your Choice – No matter what your walking ability, we will help you find alternative ways to enjoy and experience all Europe has to offer. To get the most out of our tours you should be able to operate at the light level everyday with spurts of moderate and strenuous.
THE BEST OF PARIS – Probably my most favorite part of the tour – having someone else pick the restaurant!! Usually when I go to Europe with my husband we wander around in circles for a prolonged amount of time studying menus and trying to find the “perfect” place. Tedious and exhausting. It was so nice to just have the perfect restaurant already picked out. I know this is not an easy task to try to accommodate multiple people’s picky food preferences, so hats off to Dave for being up to the challenge. And every meal I had was delicious!! Dave knows what he’s doing. –Diana, Seattle, WA
BATTLEFIELDS OF BELGIUM & FRANCE –Absolutely incredible! Perfect mix of seeing major sites, enjoying leisurely walks through historic towns and grand cities, drives through villages frozen in time and some of the most beautiful countryside in the world. Our hotels were each a separate and unique experience, from staying in a chateau in Normandy, a 900 year old inn on Mont Sainte Michel, or modern hotels in the hearts of Brussels and Paris! And the food! David’s personal concern for having a dining “experience” made a huge impression on my friends who had not previously toured with him. Our guide was “the” David McGuffin, and he lived up to my high expectations. He actually caused me to enjoy myself more than I had expected by submersing us into local culture. His acceptance of other’s ideas and flexibility in program planning, allowing us to go our separate ways, and his arranging fantastic local meals gave us the confidence to do the same when we were on our own! All in all, David provided us a fantastic time. – Andy, Jacksonville, FL
GERMANY-AUSTRIA-SWITZERLAND-FRANCE –Well worth the money spent!!! We enjoy going with David on trips, because we KNOW the food will be GREAT & the hotels will be nice! Really enjoyed the time in the “Paris neighborhood” where we shopped for our picnic. The cheese shop was amazing, as was the aged sheep’s milk cheese from France that we purchased there! – Laurie, Jacksonville, FL
GERMANY-AUSTRIA-SWITZERLAND-FRANCE- I’d have to say that Paris was the best as there was so much to see and experience and the food was very good. I was very impressed with the amount of information David shared with us daily and how knowledgeable David is regarding each of the countries and the sites that we visited. – Donna, Jacksonville Beach, FL
FRANCE AND GERMANY- My favorite wow moment was he Food!! My favorite moment would be one morning sitting at a cafe with the Eiffel Tower in view the beautiful French language all around me having just been to Notra Dame that morning it was just a great take in moment!! All things considered, the tour was Fantastic and can’t wait to do it again. – Samantha, Jacksonville, FL
ROME TO PARIS – David is amazing! His easy going demeanor creates a comfortable and relaxed mood, even though I know he is working like crazy to make sure all is going well for us. He is so patient and focused when helping his clients as well. Local places are sooooo much better than the chains- LOVE the charm and warmth these places provide. YOU WILL EAT VERY VERY WELL!!! This is a flat out guarantee- it’s my favorite part of the trip! – Jason, St. Johns, FL
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